The Yummiest Grilled Corn on the Cob

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I love corn. What can I say, I’m a midwest girl.

I grew up driving back and forth to visit family in Wisconsin, passing miles of cornfields along the way.

A few summers ago, I googled how to grill corn.  As it turns out, it almost requires no effort other than buying corn! I’ll walk you through the process.

First, take the outer husks off until you can barely see the kernels through the remaining husks. If you bought pre-husked corn, you can also wrap it in foil, but you won’t be able to see the browning happening as clearly so just keep that in mind.


Then immerse them in a bowl of cold water for about 10 minutes.


While they are immersing, mix up some seasoning and also fire up the grill. I like to keep the heat at about medium. Plan for them to be on the grill about 20 minutes or so.

Lately I’ve been eyeballing a mixture of garlic powder, cajun seasoning, salt, pepper, onion powder, and some fresh parsley from right outside my back door!


To grill, simply place them right on the grates. That’s it! Turn periodically until they are very dark brown on all sides (see photo below).



It’s really up to you to decide how “done” you want the corn, and how many grill marks you want on it as well. The fewer layers of husks, the more grill marks!


Finally, either douse in butter and salt, or use a homemade mixture of some of your favorite herbs and seasonings, and enjoy! And don’t you dare cut that corn off the cob–this is meant to be eaten the proper way–straight off the cob.


I hope you are capitalizing on corn season like we are! Let me know your favorite corn on the cob toppings in the comments!

Did you miss my lime popsicles post?  Also…remember when I first decided to start a garden?!


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Cheryl says · 06.24.16

Oh, that looks fantastic. I will be on the lookout for some fresh corn this weekend! Thanks for the great idea!

kate says · 06.24.16

This looks delicious! I love corn in the summer x

Liz says · 06.24.16

Oh my goodness that corn looks delicious! I am definitely trying this recipe. Also love the mention of WI! Liz @

Melissa G says · 06.24.16

Looks yummy. But, got 4 of my 5 kids in braces right now, so no corn on the cob for us!! Maybe in a few years 🙂

Erin M says · 06.24.16

How do you get all the corn hairs (corn silk?) off? That’s my number one issue with corn on the cob. I do want to try the grilling though! 🙂

Sarah says · 06.24.16

When we’ve grilled corn on the cob we find the corn silk comes right off quite easily when removing the remainder of the husk once cooked. I think the steam from soaking them in water helps loosen it up.

Cate says · 06.24.16

As a fellow midwesterner, I love grilled corn, and that looks delicious! I usually mix lime zest, cayenne, local butter, and sea salt, and slather that on, topped with fresh cilantro from the garden.

Marisa says · 06.24.16

I love corn in the summer. We actually remove all the husks and just put them straight on the grill. Then, we either coat them with butter and salt, or do it Mexican style by adding lime, mayonnaise, salt, and cotija cheese.

Heather says · 06.24.16

At what state do you remove the silk? We can’t seem to do aso good of a job with the husk on. (Opposed to shucking it completely to boil)

Sarah says · 06.24.16

I’ve never tried grilling corn but it looks delicious. I love the way corn on the cob tastes vs loose corn. BUT I do always cut it off first because I hate the mess of eating it off the cob. lol I’d rather not get it all over my face.

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Jamece says · 06.24.16

I just learned this past year how to grill/cook corn on the BBQ as well.

A local farmer told me to get the BBQ to 350 and let the corn (husk and all) sit on the grill for 40 minutes, turning to the other side half way through.

It is seriously the best corn I have EVER had!

Cheers to eating corn on the cob!

Andrea says · 06.24.16

I love corn, especially for the summer! This recipe looks so yummy!

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Osiarah says · 06.26.16

Those corns look so yummy! Nice advices and cool photography work. Great work! Thanks for sharing.

Osiarah xx

Ainslee says · 06.26.16

My husband and I have been looking for a good grilled corn on the cob recipe. We tried this and loved it! Thanks Kate!

Jeannie Eden says · 06.27.16

Can I say I just loved this post! As a Nebraska girl living in London and married to an Englishman, no one can understand my love of corn like a fellow Midwesterner. My husband often jokes about how serious we take corn!

There’s just something about corn and your post articulated it perfectly…it’s summer!

So thank you…it brighten my rainy 60 degree London summer day.